As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people are looking for supplements to help strengthen the immune system.
Even before the pandemic, some people used elderberry supplements to help boost the immune system, especially during cold and flu seasons.
However, there is currently no scientific research to support the use of elderberry supplements to treat or prevent COVID-19.
If you are interested in using elderberry as a holistic health supplement, please read more about its potential benefits and possible risks. Please discuss these issues with your doctor before taking elderberry or any other supplements.
Elderberry is a deep purple fruit that is native to Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America.
Although the supplement comes from the black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) tree, the actual elderberry and other parts of the plant cannot be eaten raw because they can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration.
Instead, you can find elderberry supplements in different forms, such as gummies, capsules, and syrups.
Elderberry supplements have long been promoted in complementary and alternative medicine as a way to help strengthen the immune system. They are also sometimes used to help treat upper respiratory infections related to the flu or common cold.
These benefits may be related to the antioxidants found in elderberries. Berries can also reduce inflammation.
Although elderberry supplements may help strengthen your immune system and help relieve cold and flu symptoms, there is currently no evidence that elderberry may help treat COVID-19.
Part of the problem is that the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, is so new that there is a lack of research on supplements such as elderberries.
Due to lack of scientific evidence, neither the National Institutes of Health nor the National Center for Complementary and Comprehensive Health recommends taking elderberry to treat or prevent COVID-19.
This position does not only apply to elderberry. To date, no supplement has clearly shown any ability to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms or protect you from infection.
Several clinical studies and reviews have confirmed that elderberry may have antiviral effects. That being said, there has been no research to determine whether elderberry is beneficial in treating COVID-19 symptoms.
A 2019 study found that while elderberry may be helpful in the early stages of the flu, it has little effect.
A 2011 study on liquid elderberry extract found more significant antibacterial and anti-flu activity.
A larger analysis of randomized controlled trials in 2019 found that elderberry supplementation can significantly reduce the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections.
These effects led these researchers to conclude that for some people, elderberry may be safer than prescription drugs for treating flu and cold symptoms.
A research review in 2021 confirmed that elderberry may not prevent cold or flu viruses, but it may shorten the duration of such diseases.
Based on a post-travel survey of cold patients, a 2016 study involving international air passengers found similar results.
Despite the lack of evidence on elderberries and COVID-19, some people may still choose to take these supplements in case they have a positive impact on the immune system.
If your doctor allows you to take elderberries, make sure you only take supplements. Raw, fresh elderberries and other parts of the plant, such as the leaves, contain a potentially toxic substance called sambuniline.
One potential problem with consuming elderberry is that it may increase proteins called cytokines in the body.
Although it usually helps control the cell’s response to inflammation, too much of these small proteins can cause an adverse reaction called a cytokine storm.
However, the research behind increased cytokine production is mixed. First, a 2019 study found that elderberry is effective in treating the early stages of influenza, partly because of a slight increase in cytokines.
A research review in 2021 found that elderberry may not be as effective in reducing cytokines as drugs used to treat upper respiratory diseases. But the researchers found no evidence that elderberry causes increased cytokine production.
More research is needed to confirm whether elderberry can increase the levels of cytokines associated with viral infections. This is particularly important for COVID-19, which is known for increasing the risk of cytokine storms.
Because of its effects on blood sugar and insulin, elderberry supplements are not safe for diabetics.
Elderberry is also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding people. It is not clear whether these supplements are safe for babies or fetuses.
Elderberry supplements may help strengthen your immune system and provide a degree of protection against common flu and cold viruses.
However, there is currently no scientific data to support the use of elderberry to prevent or treat COVID-19. In addition, elderberry supplements may do more harm than good for some people.
If you decide to take elderberry supplements, be careful and only do it under the guidance of a doctor.
You should not take elderberry supplements in place of recommended vaccinations. It is also important not to self-treat COVID-19 with any supplements.
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Post time: Nov-18-2021